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Wing has seven points, yet earns praise from Boudreau
Alexander Semin is paid to score goals. His $6.7 million salary is indicative of that.
“He’s probably frustrated a little bit because he hasn’t scored because it’s new territory for him,” Boudreau said Tuesday. “I think he’s worked harder this year than he’s worked in the past. We talked about it today, me and him, we went over video and looked at maybe why things aren’t going in for him.”
That’s not just a coach standing behind his player, either. There has been a certain new level of determination to Semin’s game and his play away from the puck.
“He’s working harder. He’s more committed to doing what he’s supposed to be doing,” Boudreau said. “You don’t see those real big lapses or just staying out on the ice for long periods of time.”
He still leads the Caps in minor penalties with seven, a problem that has been around for all of Semin’s career.
It’s not even a subject that Boudreau needs to broach anymore.
“I don’t think I have to remind him. He knows,” Boudreau said. “He’s been reminded for years about it.”
“I would think that referees look for him,” Boudreau said. “They don’t give him the breaks that other guys would normally get.”
That said, seven points in 12 games and a sharp focus on hustling hasn’t been a bad showing for a guy often called enigmatic.
“He’s going to get better,” Boudreau said, “but I like the way he’s trending.”
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